Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says he’s deeply saddened by the passing of hip-hop artist Linda Mkhize, popularly known as ProKid.

In a tweet, the minister describes ProKid as a lyrical genius and pioneering Hip Hop Artist.

Mthethwa further says the musician took rapping in African languages to great heights & he will go down as one of the greatest & most influential Hip Hop Artists of his generation.

The 37-year-old artist’s family confirmed his death in a statement saying he was visiting friends when he suffered a seizure. Paramedics could not revive him.

Fans and colleagues in the music industry have also taken to social media with tributes to the artist.

ProKid was born on the 25th of June 1981 in Diepkloof, Soweto. He was signed to Gallo Record Company after his independently released track ‘Soweto’ became popular.

Some of his popular songs are “dankie san” and “uthini ngo pro” released between 2005 and 2009.

His accolades include the HYPE Awards and the Channel O Music Video Awards.

He’s regarded as one of the pioneers of local hip hop and has inspired a lot of local rappers. He is survived by his parents, wife, a three-year-old daughter and siblings.